The Secret Prince William and Kate Are Keeping from Prince George

We wonder what Prince George will say when he finds out.

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Britain’s Prince George, the firstborn son of Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, is different from your average five-year-old in many ways. Aside from the fact he isn’t allowed to play with certain toys, he’s also someday going to be the King of England. But don’t tell him that. In fact, his parents have yet to even say anything about their eldest child’s future role.

In an interview with the BBC, Prince William said he and Kate have yet to tell the little prince he’ll someday be king. Instead, they’re raising George, along with his siblings Charlotte and Louis, without any consideration to their royal roles.

“As far as we’re concerned within our family, we’re a normal family,” Prince William said. “I love my children the same way any father does and I hope George loves me the same any son does to his father. We are very normal in that sense. There’ll be a time and a place to bring George up and understand how he fits in in the world. But right now, it’s just the case of keeping a secure, stable environment around him and showing him as much love as I can as a father.”

Since Prince George started nursery school about three years ago, it’s unclear just how long it may be before one of his classmates spills the beans—the young prince may have already found out. However, according to Harper’s Bazaar, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge won’t be putting pressure on George anytime soon since William himself feels he was too aware of the responsibility of his role at too young an age and doesn’t want his son to feel the same.

It may be a while before Prince George begins taking notes from one of his favorite movies. So far, it seems William and Kate are focused on giving their children as normal an upbringing as possible—even though he and his siblings still have to follow these unusual rules for royal children.

Erin Kayata
Erin Kayata joined Reader’s Digest as an assistant staff writer in March 2019, coming from the Stamford Advocate where she covered education. Prior to this, she was part of a two-year Hearst fellowship program where she covered crime and education in suburban Connecticut. She graduated from Emerson College and spent part of her undergraduate career writing for the Boston Globe. When she’s not writing articles about useful facts and pop culture, you can find Erin enjoying the local theater scene and working toward her goal of reading 50 books a year.